If you’re trying to find a versatile material for the floor in your home or business, consider epoxy flooring. Epoxy is strong, long-lasting, easy to clean, cost-effective, and beautiful. It’s a popular choice with our customers in Lawrence, KS for everything from garages to rec rooms and basements.
When Speakman Coatings installs epoxy flooring, you don’t have to choose between beauty and strength. Why not have both? With an epoxy floor, you can.
This type of flooring is not only durable, but it’s also sustainable, customizable, and as decorative as you want it to be. These floors are created by using a mixture of polymer resins and hardeners. When mixed, the resin and hardener bond, and as they cure, they harden to form the shiny floors found in residential and commercial buildings.
Epoxy flooring is not flooring on its own; instead, it describes a topcoat that is applied to another material, which is usually concrete. The coating is a plastic-like liquid that is poured over the concrete and allowed to cure before a second and third layer are applied.
It is this layering process that gives epoxy flooring superior strength, stain resistance, and glossy beauty.
There are dozens of excellent reasons why epoxy floors are so popular. From a wide variety of designs to its impressive durability, epoxy flooring offers many benefits, including:
Our epoxy floors are perfect for everything from auto dealerships to shopping malls and medical offices, too. They’re not just for homes!
Garage floors take on a lot of stress, from people walking on them to items in boxes being dragged across them to vehicles rolling over them. The floor you choose for your garage needs to be durable enough to withstand this kind of wear and tear for years, and epoxy fits the bill.
Not only is epoxy extremely strong and durable, but it also does an excellent job resisting staining and chemical damage. Cars dripping fluids, materials from home renovation projects, and solutions for yard care often spill and drip onto garage floors.
The toughness of epoxy is enough to resist erosion and damage from many solutions and chemicals that it may come in contact with through the years.
If you’re interested in applying an epoxy coating on your garage floor, it should be applied using layers. This system should consist of a primer coat, a base coat that is 100% solids, colored paint chips or flakes (if you choose), and one to two coats of clear epoxy.
Speakman Coatings uses only the highest-quality brands and epoxy materials, so contact us today about a top-of-the-line new floor for your garage.
Since there is a wide range of epoxy flooring options available, along with various material and installation options, the cost of your epoxy garage floor can vary. The cost also depends on how many square feet your garage floor covers. The size of your garage will heavily determine the cost.
Generally speaking, there are two costs to consider regarding epoxy flooring: installation costs and the cost of materials. Epoxy flooring is often quoted according to square footage.
Different epoxy mixtures have different percentages of epoxy in the formulas. Depending on the percentage of epoxy in the mixture, pricing can also vary. As you might guess, the more epoxy, the higher the price.
Although there are epoxy flooring kits available for about $600 to $700, it’s not at all advisable that you attempt to install these products yourself.
Installing epoxy flooring is actually a pretty difficult process. The mixing, drying, curing, and layering processes must be done exactly right. Any mistakes will compromise the strength and aesthetic beauty of your floor. For these reasons, it’s always best to hire Speakman Coatings to install epoxy flooring.
We mentioned epoxy flakes up above, but what are they, exactly? These are little chips or flakes of colored paint that can be added to flooring before it hardens and cures to give floors color, dimension, and unique design.
This strong industrial flake epoxy flooring coating is designed to resemble Terrazzo. It can withstand heavy traffic and is easy to clean. There are dozens of blend options available to create a unique flooring option, with variations that can be shiny or not so shiny, more or less slip-resistant, smooth or not as smooth.
Color flakes, which are also often called color chips, color flecks, or epoxy flake systems, are integrally pigmented. They are random in shape and size and are brilliantly colored. Custom blends of epoxy flakes are not only visually appealing but can also provide excellent texture.
We have over 150 different solid colors of epoxy flakes available at Speakman Coatings, along with six different standard sizes. These flakes offer incredible versatility, enabling speckled epoxy flake flooring to match any decor or theme.
Once epoxy flooring has been poured, and flakes added, a strong top coating should be used to finish a gorgeous, durable, long-term flooring solution for your garage, staircase, warehouse, rec room, or basement.
Metallic epoxy floors present the opportunity for an exciting, stunning flooring system that is unique. No two floors are ever alike! Speakman Coatings makes these floors with epoxy that is specially formulated with metallic pigments.
These pigments deliver swirls or patterns that display unbelievable shimmer. Metallic epoxy flooring also gives floors a depth that other finishes and designs cannot duplicate.
Epoxy flooring with metallic shimmer is extremely popular for basement floors, and we have an enormous variety of color options available. Homeowners love metallic epoxy floors, and it’s easy to see why!
Epoxy is an ingredient, and it can be mixed with a variety of hardeners and materials to create various coating characteristics. Epoxy is used in many things, and epoxy resin can be used to seal in concrete and give it an extra degree of shine and strength.
A wide variety of brands of epoxy are available. At Speakman Coatings, for maximum strength on floors, we use The Concrete Protector epoxy, urethane, and polyaspartic products by GRANIFLEX. We also use Dur-A-Flex.
GRANIFLEX is the brand responsible for The Concrete Protector products that we use at Speakman Coatings. The team at GRANIFLEX offers a concrete coating/resurfacing system that is strong, versatile, and delivers high-performance moisture control.
The flexible membrane sets quickly and is highly resistant to cracking. It doesn’t get brittle over time and permeates the capillaries in concrete for an ultra-tough finish for floors.
Dur-A-Flex is a manufacturer of high-performance, seamless floor systems that has been in the business for over 50 years. The company also manufactures seamless wall systems.
Dur-A-Flex epoxy flooring products include Dur-A-Crete, Dur-A-Chip, Armor-Stat ESD, Dur-A-Gard, Dur-A-Glaze, Dur-A-Quartz, Shop Floor, Mica-Flex, and ReFLEXions Designer Floor Systems.
Epoxy flooring offers an impressive stack of advantages over other types of flooring. In general, epoxy is stronger, more durable, more resistant, and lasts longer than wood, stone, and even concrete.
Specific advantages of choosing an epoxy floor for your project include:
● These floors are decorative, with hundreds of flake options, many colors, and different textures available.
● Epoxy floors are easy to maintain, partly because they are seamless and liquid-tight.
● Epoxy flooring is easy to clean, with no expensive or elusive cleaning solutions required.
● This flooring is compatible with underfloor heating and is very sustainable.
● Epoxy floors are robust, making them suitable for garage applications as well as for industrial use and basement floors.
● Epoxy flooring is resistant to many chemicals and solutions.
● Every floor is unique and can be personally customized to your preferences and needs.
While this type of flooring offers all of the above advantages and more, there are some downsides to epoxy floors, too.
There are a few drawbacks to using epoxy flooring. However, depending on its intended use, these disadvantages may not even apply to your situation or application:
● Epoxy floors are loud. Since they are extremely hard, there is contact noise during walking – picture the sound of high-heeled women’s dress shoes tapping on the floor.
● Without an underfloor heating system, these floors can feel cold, much like a tile floor does.
● Without a proper finish, epoxy floors are sensitive to UV radiation.
In addition, if there are cracks in the substrate, the floor can show ripples or unevenness. However, this will only happen if the epoxy floor can not fill in or bridge existing cracks.
For this reason, it’s important that epoxy floors be installed by a professional team to ensure the application of a perfectly smooth surface.
Speakman Coatings is located just outside of Lawrence, Kansas. If you’re interested in having epoxy flooring installed in your home or commercial building, contact us today and tell us about your project!
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